Saturday, 11 April 2009

Update on stuff

Well firstly I have added my first tutorial to my Cash Strapped Crafting blog. I have the fabric pocket tutorial and the horse pattern tutorial. If you want to know any details...just give me a yell.

Secondly....I have been in contact with Candy (simple goods show) and have until the 1st of May to decided if we are doing the show. I have opened a Lemon Poppy Shoppe and a picture trail and not one thing has sold on either. The only things that I have sold are things from my picture trail yardsale. So....I guess I won't be heading over in November. I know the economy is in recession...and it is not going to be fun if I make a heap of to go to for car hire, hotels etc....for nothing. I am very disappointed but...hey that is the way things go I guess.

So....I thought I was in the 'big league' of prim crafting....and I was wrong. I know....feeling sorry for myself...but critics are the ones who buy my craft...and I guess I suck at selling.


Gollywobbles said...

Hey Robby, I am saving pennies to travel to that show! It might be a 12-hour drive for me, but I'm going to try.....

Don't be so hard on yourself. This isn't the time to judge your ability to sell. I have decided to NOT do craft fairs in the fall this year. I think folks are hanging on to their money (me included) and things will pick up again. Just keep putting your pics out there, and timing is everything!

You absolutely are in the "big league" of prim crafting my friend! Blessings, ~Sam

Karen said...

Robby, you made me sad talking like that!
Your products are beautiful and I just know if you could make it over here they would do good at the Simple Good Show - but it's the getting here that's the problem...I do think that by the time the show is in Nov. you will see a difference - just wish there was something I could do to help!
Would it be possible to ship your items over here and let someone do the show for you? You just pay the fees???
I'm trying kiddo!!!! If there was a way I could do the show for you I would. But that's my busy time as well (well, I hope so anyway)...
Hey....I didn't see you sign up for my 100th post Give A-way....what's up???
HUGS, Karen

Quilt Hollow said...

Hi Robby! I've been watching your Cast Strapped site and love it! Thank you again for sharing. I do have a question the latest envelope....dang that is CA-UTE!!! Is there a way to get that in PDF format? I know I'm reaching and asking alot....but it would be easier for me to print a pdf to set near my machine for instruction.

Robby said...

Hi Karen,

Oh I tried to enter your giveaway and I was on my other computer and it wouldn't let me do my laptop will enter now.

Oh I am just feeling bummed a the moment. I just expected to sell well....then again....maybe my gift is in the giving part.


Robby said...

Mary I have added the PDF link. xxxRobby

Deb said...

I've been watching your other site too and I absolutely love it. You know things are just plain tough as far as the economy goes right now. Don't be too hard on yourself and don't give up. You have some really great things!!!

I Play Outside The Box said...

Chin up...your work is outstanding! Times are just hard for folks right now! Things will pick up!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

boy you and me both sister..I haven't sold anything since december..and now I am practically giving it away..while others are still selling like crazy..there is one for example that makes one doll a week and averages 5-600 per doll on I guess it depends on what you are I am with you..I keep buying more and nothing is selling..but will keep at it..I got asked to do a show in October..and I love I will gear up for that one and the christmas one I do in december...haven't decided whether I will keep in our shoppe or not as it is costing me and nothing is selling..gotta get cracking..I love that little horse and fabric pocket..I would love the tutorials on them...have a wonderful weekend..I hope your easter was wonderful...:)

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Never say die. You have really great prims and are so generous in sharing your ideas. Just keep doing what you love. I think all crafters are feeling the pinch. Wallets are zipped tight right now but I have faith that things will turn around. Please keep smiling.
Love, Nan

ohiofarmgirl said...

I love your horse!!! Don't get discouraged, I saw that some of the others are not selling as usual either...when the going get tough the tough get going! lol Dianntha

Tanya said...

Hi Sweet.
You have to keep trying...Don't give up you hear me ..I have known you for a long time now , and i think your goodies are just fabby. You have the drive and the talent and you know it..All the gals writting above think your crafts are wonderful we all do..
It takes along time to break into the craft selling market as i know first hand. You have the world at your feet so don't get down just keep trying sweet and it will work out in the end..I love the new blog too .
Hugz Tanxxoo

Karen said...

Hi Robby....I saw your comment on my blog so you are entered in my 100th post GIVE A-WAY.
I am anxious for my little doll I ordered - I thought it was one of yours...hmmmm what did I miss there????

Robby said...

Oh goodie Karen....I will keep my fingers crossed.

Robin and I both share the Glory River Primitives LPS. I still haven't been able to get her on the phone...will try again today. She will be thrilled.


Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Robby, Your envelope is so cute. I'm heading to your other blog now. Very creative.
Keep Stitchen'

Robin said...

oh you hush ... You are the most talented creative and motivated and MOTIVATING people I know !!!!. Things will turn around .....
I luv you soooo bunches !!!

WoolenSails said...

I love the new blog, you have such wonderful links.
Now, to clarify, I did not say she was Australian, I said she is an Australian quilter;) LOL


appleberrycottage said...

Don't get discouraged! It's a tough market out there now. I've just sold on ebay, but haven't done websites (yet!). Just keep doing the crafts that you love, and it will pick up.

lovetheprimlook said...

Robby, keep your chin up :) Your work is wonderful !!! People save $$$ back for the Simple Goods show. I think you should go for it .

Debra said...

Oh Robby! it certainly is not you! I don't think anyone is selling much right now!
Once the economy gets going again I think you will do fine!

This Country Girl said...


I just found your blog through Anne (and your other blog too). I'm a follower now, so I can keep up! :)

Don't get discouraged. I know my husband and I have tried selling some wood pieces and it's just hard to know what sells, plus the fact that people just aren't buying as much now because of the economy! Don't give up though....that's what I'm telling myself anyway! :) live in Scotland! I may be asking you for some Geography facts and general info when our Geography Fair rolls around with our homeschooling group. That would be a great country to do! I bet it's beautiful there!

Have a great rest of the week, Robby! I'd love for you to stop by and visit my blog sometime...although I have a sick one now and not that much going on over there!